THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR ACTIONS! by Earl Sutton

 

In 1996 a grain ship, “Bright Field,” was heading down the Mississippi River near New Orleans, when it lost control, veered toward the shore and crashed into a riverside shopping mall. The impact demolished parts of the wharf and injured 116 people. According to the Coast Guard investigation, the ship’s owner and crew had failed to repair long-standing engine problems. This is a clear example of not doing what you should do and receiving the consequences of bad decisions.

            The Devil deceived Eve into thinking that there would be no consequences for eating the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:1-7). God said, “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, ye shall not eat of it lest ye die” (v.3) The Devil said, “Ye shall not surely die.” (v.4) Eve dilly-dallied with the temptation and contemplated the possibilities that the Devil had suggested and threw away all restrain and ate the fruit!  Why?  The Devil deceived her into thinking that there would be no consequences for sin.

            The Devil continues to lie to us today and tells our society that a little sin won’t hurt, a little indulgence is not a problem, a little transgression will never hurt anybody! The Devil tells us that we are only human and go ahead and enjoy sin. The Bible says, “The way of the transgressor is hard.” ( Prov. 13:15)

            Our society believes that it can live in disobedience to God’s will by practicing homosexuality and never suffer the consequences. The scriptures teach that there will be consequences for our actions. “Be not deceived: God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that soweth unto the spirit shall of the spirit reap eternal life.” (Gal. 6:7-8) This basic principle applies to the physical world and spiritual realm as well. The word, “mocked” is a Greek word (mukterizete:) which means to turn one’s nose up at God. The point is that if a person sows to the flesh (homosexuality and sinful living) and turns up his nose at God, he shall go the way of all flesh, -- die and face the judgment of God where there will be consequences. (reap destruction – Gal. 6:8)

The scriptures emphasize the consequences of sin in other verses. Ezekiel said, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ez. 18:4) Paul said, “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23)  Over and over, again and again, the Bible under all circumstances, emphasizes that we reap what we sow and that sin is always followed by consequences.

            There is rebellion in the hearts and in the behavior of many people in our society today. In view of the fact that sin will always have consequences, what can we predict for the future? According to the basic law of sowing and reaping, the answer can best be given in the words of the prophet Hosea, “They sow the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind.” (Hos. 8:7) There is one time of sowing (while alive), and there will be two times of reaping. We reap in this life and also reap beyond this life in the hereafter. Sin brings forth its consequences both here and hereafter.

            People may do things without realizing the consequences of their actions, but one day there is going to be an accounting! (Rev. 21:8)                                                                                                                                                                                           

HOW TO PRESERVE A NATION! by Earl Sutton

 

Since God still “ruleth in the kingdom of man” (Daniel 4:25), and in His sight the “nations are as a drop of a bucket” (Isaiah 40:15), we must face up to our immediate responsibilities as Christian voters if we are to preserve America. What can we do to stem the tide of reprehensible conduct in our society? In the final analysis, the real salvation of any nation is the personal integrity of its individual citizens. It is in this area that our nation is suffocating. Our morals are at an all-time low ebb.

            How can God allow our age of nudity, filth, homosexuality, adultery and lawlessness to long endure? There must be a major backlash on behalf of decency and common sense, or as a nation we will crumble into the dust! Truly, a monstrous contest of wickedness is going on between Christians and Satan’s homosexual lobbyists. What can we do to stem this tide of immoral wickedness?

            First, we need to pray for national and personal purity. All New Testament Christians in Tennessee are encouraged to join in prayer to God on behalf of our nation on September 16, 2015 (Wednesday night). Our goal is to lift up our voices as one in praying for our country, state and federal government, president, congress and specifically for Biblical morals and the sanctity of the home and marriage. The West Sparta church of Christ, Sparta, TN, has made this request to our Tennessee brotherhood. Let us pray for God’s mercy and long-suffering, because we certainly need it.

            Second, we need to standup for our Christian principles and convictions! It was true some 3,000 years ago in the days of Solomon, and it is true in 2015 that, “Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34). Righteousness refers to a state or condition wherein one is in a right relationship with God. Righteousness means to be free from sin, and this word derives from Greek words “dikaios” (a state of being right in our conduct) and “dikaiosune,” meaning whatever is right or conforms to revealed will of God. Righteousness literally suggests that which is straight as in a straight line. Righteousness is simply, right-doing, or a righteous person is one who is straight and lined up properly with God.

            What can we do to stem the tide of unrighteousness and immoral conduct? Under our Constitution, courts have absolutely no power to make or change law, none whatsoever. This includes the president of the United States as Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton found out. But it also means that the Supreme Court is not above the law either. Unless there is a deep spiritual surge from Christians soon, the carnality of America will bring sure destruction!

            In one of the most familiar statements regarding national concern, James Russell Lowell said, “Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide between the strife of truth and falsehood, good or evil.” God said, “There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filthiness” (Prov. 30:12).

            Third, we need the total mobilization of all Christians in our nation to stand up and say, “Enough is enough.” Our Constitution clearly states the legislative branch makes laws, executive branch carries out laws, and judicial branch only interprets the laws. The Supreme Court has zero authority to overturn DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) which was put into law by Congress and signed into law by Bill Clinton. DOMA allows each state to define its marriage laws.

            As Christians we need to elect people who will have the courage to help us get out from under the despotism of our judicial oligarchy! This is clearly an out-of-control judiciary who have imposed their moral views about sexual deviancy on our entire nation. We need to cast our votes and elect those who will challenge the lawlessness of the court and help return this land to the rule of law and the rule of God!